As development agency of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) has been involved in various meetings and activities in discussing possible partnerships and support in anticipation of the transition period for Bangsamoro.
Recently, BDA Executive Director met with the officials from the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) in the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in exploring areas of intervention for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
According to Dir. Yacob, there were three areas discussed such as the capacity building, provision of facilities and possible international partnerships or pooling of multi-donor funds.
“On our part at BDA, we presented the existing programs and projects we have based on the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) I and II”, Dir. Yacob related.
He specifically stressed the priority projects on education like provision of facilities e.g. school building and on health, which is also on delivery of facilities.
“As development agency of the MILF, BDA should always be ready to present development gaps in Bangsamoro communities”, Dir. Yacob ended.
BDA is established in 2002 with primary mandate of relief and rehabilitation in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao.
In 2014, the agency received its added mandate of being the donor and coordination unit of the MILF thus the agency has been dealing with various partners in talking about development projects, programs and planning in the Bangsamoro.